Sochi in Lake Placid

Celebrate Sochi in Lake Placid!

You’re invited!

Immerse yourself in the incredible spirit of international competition that always permeates the atmosphere in Lake Placid! You’re invited to participate in several programs and events that will take place in and around the festive village leading up to and during the Sochi Games.

WATCH Sochi in Lake Placid 

A 9 ‘ x 12’ LED Board will be located near Mid’s Park on Main Street, where spectators can watch the competition in Sochi every day from February 6-23.  The big screen will be accompanied by the Empire State Games Flame Cauldron, which will be lit for every day of competition.  

1980 Winter Games Trivia Contest

With every interesting bit of trivia participants learn, they’ll also have the opportunity to enter to win valuable prizes! This town-wide “scavenger hunt” is a fun way to learn about Lake Placid’s winter sports heritage, to explore a variety of local businesses and organizations and, of course, to win! 
Beginning January 16, 1980 Winter Games Facts posters will be displayed at participating businesses throughout the Lake Placid region. Game participants who find the Facts will also find an entry form at that location. The more facts a participant finds, the more chances they’ll have to win a whole list of prizes, including a Lake Placid ski getaway - complete with lodging at High Peaks Resort, lift tickets and an Olympic Passport.  
Want a hint? Fact location hints will be promoted on Lake Placid’s social media channels, including @LakePlacidADK on Twitter and on Facebook at Lake Placid ADK.

Olympic-themed events sampler: 

Feb. 6: The public is invited to attend the Empire State Winter Games Opening Ceremonies at 6pm in the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. The 2014 Empire State Winter Games are a multi-day sports event that will take place February 6-9, 2014. For more than 33 years, the Games have brought together over 1,000 athletes from across the State to compete in a variety of winter sports, many of whom have gone on to participate in International competition and the Olympic Winter Games.

 Feb. 7: Re-lighting of the '80 Olympic Flame Cauldron - The public is encouraged to attend this free ceremony, which is intended to both commemorate Lake Placid and the Adirondacks’ Olympic heritage and to honor the region’s many local athletes who have represented Team USA in the past, and those who will compete in Sochi, Russia.  

Following the 6 p.m. lighting, Olympians and other runners are invited to join the torch run on a route from the Flame Cauldron at the North Elba Horse Show Grounds, down Route 73 then along Main Street. The procession will end at Mid’s Park, where a smaller, portable Empire State Winter Games cauldron will be lit. That cauldron will continue to burn throughout the Empire State Winter Games and throughout the competition at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will broadcast the grandeur of the 2014 Opening Ceremonies live on the Big Screen, free and open to the public.  

Feb. 8: Empire Sports Fest - The public is invited to this celebration of winter sports with demonstrations, games, and food at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval from 5-7 pm.  Acitivites will include sled hockey demo, hockey shoot-out, curling, cross country skiing and adaptive races, a Barrel Jumpers Show and the Empire State Winter Games award ceremonies, all ending with a fireworks display. The event is free and open to the public.
Feb 22 at 7pm: New Version of Lake Placid Documentary To Premiere at Mid's Park
An updated version of the PBS documentary "Small Town, Big Dreams: Lake Placid's Olympic Story," will debut at a free screening at 7pm on Saturday, February 22 as part of the village's celebration of the Sochi Olympics. The movie will be shown on the LED Board viewing screen at Mid's Park, followed by NBC's broadcast of the action from Sochi.
"Small Town, Big Dreams" was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide during the 2010 Winter Games. The new version updates the film with material from the last four years.
The one-hour film relives the 1980 Winter Olympics and the Miracle On Ice as it traces Lake Placid's rise from an unknown mountain village to a winter sports mecca.
For more information about the film, visit


Olympic Athlete Trading Cards and athlete “photo ops”
ORDA has developed collectible trading cards featuring 7 local athletes who will compete in Sochi! Collect these athlete cards by visiting the Olympic venues, and take your picture with life-sized cutouts of all 7 of our local heroes:
  • Lowell Bailey- at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum
  • Tim Burke- at the OSC Cross-Country Center
  • Annelies Cook- at the OSC Biathlon Center
  • Billy Demong- at the Olympic Jumping Complex
  • Peter Frenette- at the ORDA Store on Main St.
  • Jamie Greubel- at the OSC Bobsled/Skeleton/Luge Track
  • Andrew Weibrecht- at Whiteface Mountain
  • Erin Hamlin - TBA
  • Chris Mazdzer - TBA

Winter Challenge

From February 7-23, families and friends can compete in some of the same winter sports that are being contested in Sochi while in Lake Placid!  The Winter Challenge offers special opportunities to earn prizes and create memories while sampling multiple events at Lake Placid’s winter Olympic sites, including Bobsled, Skeleton, Biathlon, Alpine Racing, Ski Jumping, Hockey, Curling, Speed Skating, and Figure Skating .  
How it works: Participants compete in just one or all activities, and keep track of team results on the special edition 2014 Winter Challenge score card. Olympic Sites Passports and score cards are available at any of the Olympic sites.  Score cards can be turned in at the ORDA store on Main Street in Lake Placid, and prizes can be redeemed with receipts and score cards at the store or at the Information Booth near the main entrance to the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.

Bronze - Complete 3 activities –– Winter Challenge Pin
Silver – Complete 6 activities –     Winter Challenge T-shirt and Pin
Gold – Complete 10 activities –    2 Whiteface Lift Tickets, Winter Challenge T-Shirt and Pin

For a complete schedule of area events visit our Events Page

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